By Christian Châtelet
France 2-1 Hungary
First-half goals from Djibril Cissé and Florent Malouda helped France to their first home win of the season against Hungary in a friendly international in Metz.
Despite lacking key players Fabien Barthez, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet and Patrick Vieira, France still produced one of their best performances under coach Raymond Domenech at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, ending a run of six home draws in 2004/05. Hungary coach Lothar Matthäus, meanwhile, has much to ponder ahead of Saturday's crucial FIFA World Cup qualifying game in Iceland.
Sylvain Wiltord - captaining the side in the absence of Vieira - created France's first goal after ten minutes as Benoît Pedretti collected a clearance from Hungary goalkeeper Gábor Kiraly and found the Olympique Lyonnais striker. Wiltord promptly spirinted past two defenders and his cross found its way to Cissé, who made no mistake from close range.
Malouda doubled the French lead ten minutes before half-time, bursting clear with a powerful run from 30 metres out and slotting past Kiraly for his first goal for his country.
Hungary began the second period in brighter fashion, although with Imre Szabics closely watched by the French defence, Szombor Kerekes proved the main source of danger. The Hungarian forward scored with his only opportunity of the night, Tamás Hajnal picking out the striker and Kerekes' low shot left Grégory Coupet with no chance, finding the corner of the net. France, however, held on for a morale-boosting success.
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